SHORT NEWS STORIES – Group Six – November 17, 2023

Consumer Brands Association Supports, H.R.6159 and S.1189, “The Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act – According to a November 16, 2923 CBA news release, the bill “… would implement a pilot program for selected underserved communities more than 75 miles from a recycling materials recovery facility meant to mitigate access issues and motivate increased recycling in the area. The programs, funded through grants, would aim to add more transfer stations, grow curbside recycling programs and, through public-private partnerships, bring down associated costs … Improving America’s recycling rate and motivating consumers to foster better long-term sustainability habits has long been a pillar of Consumer Brands’ recycling platform …” #Recycling @consumerbrands

Coca-Cola “#SustainableHappiness” Bottle Flip Challenge - According to a November 17, 2023 “Coca Cola Loop News” story “... Coca-Cola is excited to kick off #SustainableHappiness! This initiative focuses on recycling and sustainability through Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the boys and girls InterCol Championships … [which] challenges past and present students of InterCol teams’ schools to record themselves doing a bottle flip and recycling that very same bottle … the school with the most mentions at the end of InterCol will win $1,500USD! …” #Recycling @CocaCola
ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance - Amidst the evolving landscape of ESG practices, the corporate statement of purpose still stands out as a clear path through this turbulence, according to a November 14, 2023 Harvard Business Review Corporate Social Responsibility article #ESG @HarvardBiz
Export of Plastic Waste from EU to non-OECD Countries would be Prohibited in Five Years, according to a November 17, 2023 European Commission news release after the European Parliament and Council adopt as a regulation the provisions of a just reached Political Agreement “… which will ensure that the EU takes greater responsibility for its waste and does not export its environmental challenges ... The European Parliament and the Council will now have to formally adopt the regulation in line with the political agreement reached. Once formally adopted, the regulation will enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal. The Commission is already preparing for swift implementation …” #PlasticWaste @EU_Commission
The reason-for-being/goal/purpose/objective/intent of the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative is to

convince/persuade/inspire/encourage the food industry to establish and partially fund a public private partnership (PPP) for the discovery of new food packaging materials that would be digestible by animals.
Why should the food processing industry establish a public private partnership for the discovery of new food packaging materials?
~   Because a significant amount of plastic food packaging is “improperly discarded;” that is, it finds its way to land and waterways where it is left to naturally degrade into macro, micro and nano size plastic particles.
~   And because, for the following reasons Improperly Discarded Plastic Food Packaging (IDPFP) is a food industry scientific, legislative, regulatory, and public affairs issue:
     ~   Wildlife, including marine food sources, are exposed to IDPFP in their natural environment where it naturally degrades into macro, micro and nano size plastic particles:
     ~   Adverse biological effects of macro size plastic particles have been demonstrated;
     ~   Adverse biological effect studies of micro and nano size plastic particles are underway; for some species, adverse biological effects have been demonstrated; currently, there are no known adverse human health effects from exposure to IDPFP from micro and nano size particles.
     ~   Governments around the world are developing legislative and regulatory mandates to prevent the environmental release of IDPFP, including the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) where producers are required to accept financial or physical responsibility for the treatment or disposal of discarded consumer products.
     ~   Consumers are increasingly applying Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors to the companies from which they purchase consumer products and investors are applying ESG factors in their decision-making process.
     ~   Lawsuits against companies for alleged false environmental claims.
     ~   Recycling difficulties.
     ~   Constant social and mainstream media attention.
Food packaging materials that serve the food safety and other beneficial uses of plastic, but that, when improperly discarded, naturally degrade into a food source for animals, including ubiquitous microorganisms, either do not exist or are not readily available; the only way such food packaging materials will be found is for the food industry to fund research in cooperation with others, such as the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, seeking such materials, which is the reason for being of the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative
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ADFPI would welcome an opportunity to present in person a PowerPoint about the subject of “Improperly Discarded Plastic Food Packaging” or “Why the food processing industry should establish a public private partnership for the discovery of new food packaging materials” to student clubs, board of directors, IFT and IAFP meetings, and other groups.
Past Presentations - Copies of the following PowerPoints are available by writing to Jack Cooper at
~   On July 31, 2022, he met in person and shared the first PowerPoint with the members of the Food Packaging Professional Development Group of the International Association for Food Protection during its 2022 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
~   On December 15, 2022, he presented virtually the second PowerPoint during the concluding session of the three day virtual Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IANFS) Science Innovation Showcase Click to access Detailed-Agenda.pdf
~   On February 28, 2023, he presented in person on the topic “Improperly Discarded Plastic Food Packaging” during the 73rd Pacific Fisheries Technologists Conference February 26 – March 1, 2023, in Renton, Washington
~   On March 1, 2023, he participated virtually in the Southern California Food Industry Conference on “Improperly Discarded Plastic Food Packaging
Jack Cooper, Executive Director at the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative until December 31, 2023 when he will retire and Angela Anandappa will assume the Executive Director role – See:
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~   2023-24 Member of the Future Directions Committee of Phi Tau Sigma - The Honor Society of Food Science and Technology,
~   A 20-year Member of the International Association for Food Protection
~   A 1989 Fellow and 52-Year Member of the Institute of Food Technologists
~   Founder and Past Partner (1990 to 2017) with Food Industry Environmental Network
~   Served from 1974 to 1990 in Washington, DC with National Food Processors Association, the last 13 years as Director, Environmental Affairs.
~   University of California, Davis - Dec 71 BS; Mar 73 MS; both in Food Science; in 71 served as President of the Food Tech Club; in 73 served several months as a Staff Research Associate in the Extension Fruit and Vegetable program and from 2013-17 served as a member of the Leadership Board of the UCD Food Science and Technology Department
~   1959 – 69 – Graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles; attended college in Orange and Fullerton, California; joined the US Air Force, served as an Air Policeman at Ramstein AFB, Germany; Lab Tech with a flavor company in Orange, CA and Indianapolis, IN; attended Fullerton Junior College, California.